Tuesday, January 07, 2014
UHS ranked among best hospitals for joint replacement
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has
named UHS one of the best hospitals in the country for hip and knee
replacement surgery. UHS is one of only six hospitals in New York State,
and one of only 97 in the entire United States, to receive the
designation. CMS has begun publishing how well patients fare after joint
replacement, evaluating how often people who have had the operations
are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of discharge. The federal
agency also is evaluating hospitals on how often joint replacement
patients die or suffer serious complications, such as blood clots,
infections or problems with the artificial joints, following the
surgeries. In its first review, CMS rated most hospitals as average, but
ranked UHS and 96 others across the country as performing better than
average in avoiding readmissions, complications or both.
previously known as the Health Care Financing Administration, is the
federal agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
that administers the Medicare program and works in partnership with
state governments to administer Medicaid and children's health
insurance. The agency also administers standards for the Health
Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996, and
quality standards for nursing homes and clinical laboratories
Joint replacement is an increasingly common type of
surgery in which an arthritic or damaged joint is removed and replaced
with an artificial joint called a prosthesis. The materials used are
designed to enable the replacement joint to move just like a natural
joint. The prosthesis is generally composed of two parts: a metal
piece that fits closely into a matching, sturdy plastic piece. Knee
replacement, or knee arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure to replace
the weight-bearing surfaces of the knee joint to relieve pain and
disability. It is most commonly performed for osteoarthritis or other
knee diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis or psoriatic arthritis.
hip replacement is a surgical procedure in which the hip joint is
replaced by a prosthetic implant. The operation can be performed as a
total replacement or a hemi-, or half-, replacement. It is generally
conducted to relieve arthritis pain or fix severe physical joint damage
as part of hip fracture treatment. Complications, such as infections or
blood clots, can occur following surgery, which means that clinical
teams must work hard to ensure the best possible outcome for each
patient and circumvent a readmission to the hospital.
Following surgery, therapeutic exercise also is an important part of the recovery process.
UHS, it is projected that more than 3,000 orthopedic surgeries, many of
them hip and knee replacements performed at UHS Binghamton General
Hospital, will be completed during 2014. Also in 2014, UHS plans a
renovation project at UHS Binghamton General that will expand UHS' Joint
Replacement Program and create private rooms for patients.
a staff of orthopedic surgeons and a multidisciplinary hospital-based
team, UHS' program focuses on reducing pain, increasing mobility and
improving the patient's overall satisfaction. In addition to surgeons,
the team includes physical and occupational therapists, nurses, case
managers and other specialists who work together to deliver the best
possible care and maintain the program’s high standards.
care is coordinated so that each individual is followed from surgery
through discharge, and receives education about returning to regular
physical activities. The most advanced procedures and current technology
help ensure that surgeries are conducted safely and that outcomes are
the most favorable possible for the patient.